Thursday, 31 October 2013

What do Kingdom finances look like?

I was asked by someone the other day what Kingdom finances looked like and I realised that this is an area that needs some discussion.

This is my opinion of what Kingdom finances look like according to what the Lord has taught me over the years and to scriptures I have been shown, but I am not the be all and end all to thinking, so it is something you might want to check out for yourselves.

The way of the world is to store up riches, to save for a rainy day, to have enough to protect themselves should something happen, that I have earned this and it is mine and therefore I can do what I want with it.

The way of the Kingdom is a way of giving to the poor, giving to God's people in need and practising hospitality, of not worrying about tomorrow, of trusting God for the future and his provision in that time of need when it arises, of everything is His (God's).

I believe that if you see a need in front of you and you have something in which can help with that need, whatever it is, if it is in your hand to help, then you help simply out of obedience to the word of God and what you believe God is saying to you, you give, trusting that God will provide for your need, when and if the time arises.  Many a time The Lord has spoken to us to give to a situation and it may have been the last finances we have had, or finances we have just received and we have known of needs ahead, but we have given anyway that day trusting that God will provide for that time.  It is also not our job to judge whether or not someone is 'worthy' of what we give them, that is between them and God.  God sees what you do and is pleased with that.  It is not dependant on whether or not you think that they deserve your help.  And when you give, give not expecting in return and not to put demands on people to whom you have given freely as The Lord is the judge of everything and not us.  We are to give account of our own actions to The Lord, not other peoples.

We are called to be stewards of everything The Lord has given us, caretakers, nothing belongs to us, everything we have belongs to God.  But the worlds thinking is 'this is my house, this is my car, this is my job', but in actual fact everything we have and are comes from God and everything belongs to him and we are to be caretakers of that.  I have seen enough in my time when I have given from one hand what was seemingly the last, within a few days more has come in to cover whatever need that I have.  

I know this would provoke alot of discussion or thought and questions in lots of areas with different examples and I know over the years as God has brought various needs to us and especially in China where there are a lot of beggars and many many people with loads of needs, as we have brought various needs to the body for help and seen that help given to us, I realise that in all situations it has been a matter of what is actually going on in my heart.  Will I be obedient to what I believe God is saying, or the hold things have had on my heart that I want to keep a hold of?  Or I decide whether they are being honest in their need or deserve my help which says that I am judging them? Or the thinking that this is mine, or that I am not trusting and looking to The Lord for my future.  All issues and questions of my own heart and that is really what The Lord is wanting us to see - what are the holds in our hearts that we can't let go of?  The Lord owns everything, it is all His.

Imagine what it would look like should a body of believers get a hold of Kingdom finances where we are holding onto nothing as our own, but that we are just vessels for things to go through to others as things come to us at the same time.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Person wanted

I am needing a personal assistant to help me one day a week who believes in the vision for revival in this nation and in me and the call of God on our lives and is willing to sew into it with their time and finances as it would involve travel out to our place and it would be unpaid at this stage. If this sounds like you then give us a call, I would love to hear from you, phone 8389009, or 02102651601

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Do you feel like you are being tossed around in the wind?

I believe there are some out there who feel like they are being tossed about from one thing to the other, not sure where they are heading or what they are believing for and this is a time when you just want to give up and walk away from the promises God has put inside of you.  I want to encourage you to keep going and as it says in James 1:2  " Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  I know that sometimes you don't consider it all joy when you go through trials but believe me, it develops things in you that you will be grateful for if you don't give up and you will see fruit in your life and those around you should you learn to walk in patience and perseverance.   These are times you don't want to be a lone sheep but instead get yourself around people of faith who will build you up and speak into your life the truth of who you are and what you are called to. People who will speak life.  May the Lord encourage you at this time and give you clear direction and purpose.   Many blessings!

Do you want to walk in signs, wonders and miracles?

People say to me that they want to walk in signs wonders and miracles and yet..... the cost it takes to do that they are sometimes not willing to pay - yet  Because the reward far outweighs any cost that might come. And I pray that people get a revelation from God of the joy set before them through Jesus! The cost of perhaps walking away from friends that don't believe what you believe or want, the cost perhaps of family who reject you because you are radical and taking your faith too far - in their eyes at least, the cost perhaps of leaving houses, fields etc, the cost perhaps of going to a friend and apologising for your behaviour, as you obey what it is the Lord puts on your heart to do and you may need to surrender these. Yes salvation is free through Jesus, but to walk in the anointing of God where you see captives set free around you, where you see the sick healed, where you see lives changed before your eyes, costs you to believe in what Jesus has done and can do, through one life that is willingly surrendered to Him, no matter what the cost. One life has changed the world - Jesus. What can he do with You as you surrender to his call - Just believe

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Continuing on in Luke - Chapter 22:40 "Pray that you will not fall into temptation"

A couple of things that struck me this morning from Luke.
Jesus says to his disciples in 22:40 "Pray that you will not fall into temptation",  and then a few verses later while praying on the Mount of Olives Jesus, 'prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground'. (22:44) His prayer was obviously quite intense and I thought how much of my prayer is so intense that my praying produces sweat?  But the prayer he said to the disciples was 'pray that you will not fall into temptation'.  And then again in verses 46"Why are you sleeping?"  he asked them.  "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."
This call to pray that we don't fall into temptation I believe is so needed.  It is when we pray that we realise the different areas that we have fallen into temptation in such seemingly little things, but over time they become big things.  We succumb to temptation in so many ways and something that the Lord showed me in the next verses was the story of Judas who betrayed Jesus with a kiss for money.  Judas was his friend, had received so much from Jesus and yet come the time, he was the one who betrayed Jesus.  And shortly after as Jesus is put on the cross, Peter who once again had received so much from Jesus, followed him, and a few verses later ends up betraying Jesus and succumbing to temptation of fear of man.

How quickly we think we are doing alright and that we would never fall, and yet those who were closest to Jesus, fell to temptation, betrayed and disowned him, come the time of persecution and challenge.  For myself as I prayed this morning, I realised that I too had fallen to some areas of temptation. Where I had been hurt by people closest to me and had put a wall to guard my heart again and yet as by Jesus example, he forgave those closest to him and he asked the Father to forgive them.  It was very much like Judas how easily we can give someone a kiss as such, on the outside and yet our hearts are in a whole another place.  But in the praying the Lord shows us those areas that need his touch, those areas that need healing that only He can do, so that our hearts line up with our actions.

Lord I pray that we would not fall into temptation and I pray that those areas in our lives where we have succumbed in whatever way, you would show us and restore us.  For those people who perhaps have been hurt or betrayed by the people closest to them, Lord bring your healing, forgiveness and restoration.  Thank you Jesus that you too suffered at the hands of your friends and those who you had poured your life out to and for, and yet you show us a way to forgive through your example.  Thank you Lord for the joy set before us as we forgive.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Things to ponder from the book of Luke

Some powerful stuff out of the book of Luke this morning that spoke to me  17:10 "So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty'"  This really spoke to me how we expect and want the praise from man for what we do and yet we have only done what we were asked to do when we freely gave ourselves as bondslaves/servants to christ so why should we expect praise from man or from God?

The other thing - actually there was heaps this morning out of Luke so take a look, but 18:8 "However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"  The one question about will Jesus find people of faith who believe in what they have not yet seen?  It is only faith that pleases God and so to be a people of faith.... A challenge.

One more thing that I have to share is Luke19:11-27 the parable of the Ten Minas and about being faithful with what you have, but v24 "Then he said to those standing by, 'Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas." "Sir,' They said, 'he already has ten?" "He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away."  This really spoke to me about the jealousies that arise when we see people with seemingly already so much and yet God gives them more and we judge them instead of perhaps seeing that they have been faithful with the little that had been given and so God gives them more, but takes it from those who have not been faithful with what they have been given.  Powerful stuff to ponder for me this morning.